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Hindu-Muslim Syncretic Shrines and Communities

J.J. Roy Burman (Author)
Synopsis The present book is basically an outcome a two year long study undertaken by the author as an aftermath of the severe communal configuration which occurred in Mumbai, a few years back. Being associated with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences relief work, the author realised that relief alone is not enough to counter the phenomenon. It appears that there exists a serious misunderstanding among the middle class urbanites about the nature of religious rites prevalent at the level of the common peoples who in their day to day life. Quite often they ate syncretic and lot of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains and Sikhs frequently visit each other’s shrines—that too with a lot of veneration. The Dargah of Khwaza Muinuddin Chisti, or the Laxmi temple of Chiplun (in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra) are some of the finest illustrations of this. Through the study the author has indicated that to confront the vagaries of nature and agonies of diverse life-situations peoples all faiths join hands together instinctively and the textual religious rites take a back seat consequently. Apart from theoretical discourse, case studies from all districts of Maharashtra have been provided in this brief volume humanist compact among collectivities of diverse orders.
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About the author

J.J. Roy Burman

J.J. Roy Burman (b. 1955) is primarily an antahropologist having done his post-graduation from North Bengal University in Sociology and Social Anthropology. Immediately afater obtaining the degree he worked on the impact off counter-insurgency among the Mizos in Mizoram as a Fellow of Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh. After living there in a village for about one year he joined Help Age India as Project Adviser for East and North-East India. After almost eight years of his direct contact with social work and social engineering, he joined Tate Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, as a member of the Faculty. Apart from teaching Anthropology, Roy Burman also carries out research mainly on the problems in rural areas. Forests, environment, mass religion have been his main areas of interest. He is the first person in India to have done Ph.D. on Sacred Groves from the sociological perspective. Few anthropologists have had the opportunity to travel in the tribal and forest areas all over the country like him. Right now it has become his passion to portray the inter-ethnic harmonious relations in the country.

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Bibliographic information

Title Hindu-Muslim Syncretic Shrines and Communities
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170998395
length xx+390p., Bibliography; Index; 22cm.